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Old 04-29-2011, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello from kansas!

just got a 92 318is. this is my first bmw so i'm definitely having to learn. have some electrical issues that i've searched on. one i can't find anything about and the other there was no clear solution to the problem.

the most pressing issue that i have is that i have no brake lights. i currently have the switch unplugged because if you have it plugged in, as soon as you hit the brakes, it will blow the fuse and i lose my fuel and temp guages. i've seen at least one other person with the exact same issue but there was no solution posted.

the other is a window issue. both the driver and passenger windows will only roll up about an inch at a time. i didn't find any posts about this.

any solutions or links to at least the most pressing issue would be greatly appreciated.

thanks!
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Welcome to the Werkz. Hopefully someone here will have some more specific answers for you.

Have a look at the wiring loom around the boot hinges etc where it may have rubbed through the insulation.
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thanks. i hope so to. i'm going to get into the trunk today and start looking around in there. i've read that there are issues with the wiring rubbing together in there. i ordered a short circuit finder from my snap-on vendor. hopefully that will work out if i can't find anything
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SUCCESS!!

after about 45 minutes of isolating portions of the circuit and looking for broken wires, i found that the left lamp assembly was the culprit. there is a short in it causing it to take out the entire circuit.
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Well done. Now everyone's happy.
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